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  1. Sami

    > If we all want something better than what we have/had for our children, this is akin to unrestricted growth. At some point, we need to plateau (or descend again, as population continues to increase…) – 1% higher ed enrolment in the US in the 1800s, up to nearly everyone attending some form of higher ed now…

    This is the basic dogma of capitalism. You will find it at every avenue and the basis of it is the idea that quality of life will forever increase through capitalism. It’s the same idea that’s destroying the environment right now.

    > The way she describes the history of higher education institutions in the US (and, I’m assuming, in other Western countries) sounds an awful lot like a real estate bubble. Speculators grab some land, hype it, sell it, then need to find more land and hype (manipulate media to artificially foster need…) that even more to keep buyers coming. Repeat until mortgage crisis…

    Yes, that’s capitalism itself; not just the real estate industry.

    I think Drupal community and business it spawned is a great example of it. DIY industry creation in fact, not just education. Most of the people participating are self-employed and self-educated by other people in the community that donate their time to write documentation. They have to market their services to potential consumers and if they get a sale they do the work and the money is transferred.

    > If the problem with “lowering the bar” to admission (by state universities and community colleges as part of the Massive Expansion of Higher Education), how will this look in a DIY model where there may be no bars at all?

    Yup, Drupal community. Everyone has potentially the same knowledge. It shows through the products that you produce.

    > Guilds? Apprenticeships? How do these concepts adapt from the trades to more “white collar” academic subjects?

    In the Drupal community we have talked about both and they have been seen as a way for corporations to appropriate money rather than really add value. So for the most part they have been dismissed. Some companies offer training materials, but there is no accreditation and doesn’t seem like there ever will be. Caveat emptor; but how much can you trust accreditation anyway?

    Ultimately, the value that you are talking about is the apparent value that a corporation derives out of looking at an accreditation. In the real world, customers don’t care how the work is done and by whom; they just want the work done. Corporations don’t really care either, but we have created a rat race which really has nothing to do with the work and everything to do with the social and class structure (or at least that was the idea until globalisation killed it) — an institution that’s taken on a life of its own.

    So how is differentiation reconstitute, the same way it is for any company. What have you done so far, what can do for us, and how much can do you it for… So everyone becomes a small self-employed company offering services. The matriculation is work done so far.

    • Sami

      What are the other implications? No benefits. No steady pay. You are always left chasing the next contract. A global networked nomad always looking for work. Everyone needs some business acumen. Potentially less discretionary income. Overall it’s better to be in Canada where we have healthcare than in the US where you will spend a huge portion of your yearly check on it… while having to pay for a huge military.

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